American Numismatic Rarities 7/2003:92, $8,337.50
Ron Guth: The 1800 Half Cent was the first year of the new Draped Bust type. Only a single variety (Cohen 1) has been identified for this year. In relative terms, the 1800 Half Cent is one of the most "common" of the type, but it has a raw mintage that would be the envy of any modern coin series. High grade examples are available, thanks to a small hoard (several of these appeared in the 1980 ANA sale). The majority of 1800 Half Cents were struck on planchets prepared in England by Boulton & Watt; a much smaller amount were struck on defective Large Cents, which were rolled out and cut-down to Half Cent size. Finding a spot-free example with glossy surfaces and some trace of original red is the goal for collectors seeking a nice 1800 Half Cent.
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